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University Of Surrey Gets £3M For Perovskite Research

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Research into solar power for wearable technologies and IoT includes Universities of Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge, supported by industrial partners

A consortium led by the University of Surrey has been awarded £3 million to help design perovskite solar cells to power wearable technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The team has received £2.3 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and £500K from industrial partners to research, design and develop flexible perovskite photovoltaic devices that can be produced at a high volume and an ultra-low cost.

The research team is a partnership between Surrey and leading experts in perovskite photovoltaics from the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. The team is also supported by partners including National Physical Laboratory, NSG Group, Swift Solar, Ossila, Oxford PV, Coatema and QinetiQ.

Ravi Silva, project lead and director of the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey, said: “We are grateful to the EPSRC and our industrial partners for the support they have shown this project. We are setting out to create a technology that can bridge the multi-scale energy needs of emerging markets -- and beyond this, also tackle the challenge of our age: climate change.

“We are confident that perovskite photovoltaics are a key part of the puzzle of meeting the net-zero emission target by 2050.”

Wei Zhang, co-investigator of the project from the University of Surrey, said: “We are proud to work with some of the best research teams in perovskite photovoltaics. Success in our research will open the very large wearables and IoT power-source markets and will help power the increasing number of mobile wireless technologies.”

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